Health & Wellness

Local Partnerships Pay off for Gran Fondo, NJ Cyclists

0a304e672c03c2fcb5e5_GF-2017-15.jpeg
Professor Paul jumps in to stretch a cyclist.
b4a0288bde769d3cdafb_GF-2017-14.jpg
Dr. Luis Lopez of Randolph Pain Relief and Wellness Center helps to stretch sore muscles.
55139353fb9304e240dc_GF-2017-13.jpg
Soothing hamstring stretch
8de2423cd17bacf1e8df_GF-2017-3.jpg
308be1cd0f96ec16d2cb_GF-2017-1.jpg
Cyclists sign up for a stretch
71cc5f53a1eed7cef9bd_GF-2017-4.jpeg
CCM students from Shift 1 with their professors, Mike Paul and Bill McHugh (seated)
663d74e1aaf89d91c498_GF-2017-5.jpg
b42080efc9a298579a94_GF-2017-6.jpg
The Randolph Pain Relief and Wellness Center Team at the Gran Fondo, NJ.
02c002bea0d0660a49a3_GF-2018-9.jpg
c2dde9f43b51e0ac04b6_GF-2017-11.jpg
fb24a7da71e88b908cf1_GF-2017-12.jpg
Shoulder stretch.
0a304e672c03c2fcb5e5_GF-2017-15.jpeg

MORRISTOWN, NJ- On Sunday Sept. 10 the Gran Fondo, NJ cycling event brought nearly 2,400 cyclists to Morristown to participate in one of six different routes throughout Morris County. After pedaling for as many as 107 miles, the cyclists’ muscles were fatigued and tight. Randolph Pain Relief and Wellness Center, as host of the “Recovery Zone” provided wellness stretches for the athletes to aid in recovery.

Randolph Pain Relief partnered with the County College of Morris’s Professor Mike Paul who teaches exercise science and kinesiology. Professor Paul recruited students to work side by side with Randolph Pain Relief doctors and providers. This was a rare opportunity for the students to gain hands-on, practical experience out in the field.

“My students love coming to this event,” stated Professor Paul. “The majority of students from my two classes took a shift. They’ll be getting extra credit for attending.”

Sign Up for E-News

Theresa Chavis, a student from Professor Paul’s class last year volunteered to stay the entire day. “I love this event,” she said, having attended last year as well. She instructed all the cyclists she worked on to take a nice hot bath with Epson Salts and do further stretching to avoid soreness.

Dr. David Simon, co-owner of Randolph Pain Relief and Wellness Center and a member of the CCM Exercise Science committee trained the students in their classroom prior to the event. “They seemed to already have all the knowledge they needed to perform the stretches, but I enjoyed being in the classroom and witnessing the excitement of the students in being a part of an event like the Gran Fondo.” He continued, “I knew they’d do a great job. These are smart, professional, well-educated kids.”

Not just a win-win for Randolph Pain Relief and CCM, this partnership also included Marty’s Reliable Cycle, the host bicycle shop of the Gran Fondo, NJ. “Year over year, our event ranks in the top three Gran Fondos in the country and having a well-run Recovery Zone is huge,” said Marty Epstein, founder and co-event director of the Gran Fondo, NJ.

"Over the course of the day, our participants rode the combined equivalent of 5.6 times around the earth and climbed the equivalent of 395 Mount Everests”, said Bill Ruddick, Executive Director of Gran Fondo, NJ. “That’s a lot of lactic acid to work from their muscles at the end of the day, so the team in our recovery zone is greatly appreciated.”

Marshall Keener, one of the cyclists who participated in the service smiled as he left the tent. “Wow! That felt great!” he said. “As a cyclist, it's so nice to have someone stretch your muscles after a hard ride.” When asked how he felt about being stretched by a student he said, “The CCM students were well-trained and did a great job working the riders. I, for one, really appreciated the service!”

Professor Paul, Dr. Simon and Mr. Epstein all plan to continue the partnership for the 2018 Gran Fondo, NJ which is scheduled for Sunday, September 9th. Another win-win-win for these local organizations.

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Basking Ridge

Somerset County Preparing for Construction of Finderne Avenue Bridge, Beginning Feb. 20

February 19, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Finderne Avenue bridge, between Union Avenue and Foothill Road, will be under construction from Feb. 20 for about nine months, according to a release from Somerset County.

The bridge will be constructed in three separate stages, with one lane northbound and one lane southbound being maintained, aside from intermittent single-day closures as required. In addition, ...

‘Reefer Madness’ Comes to Chatham Borough Council; Cannabis Advocates Make Pitch for Chatham Marijuana Shop

February 14, 2018

CHATHAM, NJ - A group of pro-cannabis activists came to the Borough of Chatham Council meeting on Monday night and used the public commentary portion of the meeting to ask the council to support a marijuana dispensary in town.

The advocates, who say they have attended more than 80 town meetings to inform about the benefits of medical cannabis, mentioned the 1936 movie "Reefer ...

Guest Column: The Great "Wait" of the College Process

February 16, 2018

For all the high school seniors and their parents, we are in the stressful "waiting period".  We've just finished or are finishing applications to all the schools we might possibly want to attend next year and now sit and wait our fate after the $60-$80 non-refundable application fees to at least 8-13 schools and staring at some pretty ridiculous tuition fees.

Early ...

Upcoming Events

Tue, February 20

Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: Volunteer Art Show!

Arts & Entertainment Green

Tue, February 20, 9:00 AM

The Center for Contemporary Art , Bedminster,

Dan Bischoff: Critic As Artist

Arts & Entertainment

Tue, February 20, 9:00 AM

The Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminster

Keepers of the Chroma: An Exhibition Regarding ...

Arts & Entertainment

German Language School of Morris County Raises $1,000 for Market Street Mission

February 19, 2018

February, the month of all things red and romantic with red, hearts, roses, and chocolates, is also a time to show our love of friends and community. Students from the German Language School of Morris County (www.njlearnsgerman.org and www.glsmc.org), took that lesson to heart and raised $1,000 for The Market Street Mission (www.marketstreet.org), a Morristown haven for the needy for more than ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast Medical Minute: Atlantic Orthopedic Institute’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center

On this episode of the AtlantiCast Medical Minute, we’ll take you inside the Atlantic Orthopedic Institute’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center, with the center’s director, Jason Lowenstein, MD.

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1M7euCp86-c

AtlantiCast Episode 011

Breaking Atlantic Health System news on this week’s AtlantiCast! Plus, find out why Morristown Medical Center is one of the best hospitals in the nation when it comes to recovering from joint surgery, see the newest center for fighting brain cancer and an Atlantic Health System red-carpet premiere!